Local Bites: World of Beer Tampa International

Anyone who knows me knows that if they invite me out for drinks, there'd better be food involved, which is why I was so excited to learn of the newest World of Beer (WOB) location at Tampa International and the options on its tavern menu. Most people's reaction when it comes to World of Beer and food: "Wait - they serve food?Yes, yes they do, and it's pretty darn delicious.

My sister and I had the chance to squeeze some twinnie time in just before the Thanksgiving holiday and checked out the menu for ourselves. The two-story space itself is vast and gorgeous - the venue also features outdoor seating accompanied with fire pits and a flight deck on the second level with its own bar. Inside, you can keep track of arriving and departing flights at Tampa International Airport.

One cool thing to note is the infusion tower located at the bar inside - WOB works with breweries to develop flavor infusions that pair best with beers, and these infusions rotate regularly. Our server noted that the last infusion offered was a mix of chocolate and cherries - YUM.

We opted for our favorite lambic beers this time around.

German Pretzel: Served with a house-made stone ground mustard.

Spring Greens & Kale Salad: Fresh spring greens & kale with goat cheese, apples, sweet pickled red onions & candied pecans tossed in a house-made Framboise vinaigrette.

Steak Frites: Marinated flat-iron steak grilled & thinly sliced, served with steamed broccoli, fries & garlic aioli for dipping.

IPA Salmon: Fresh Grilled Salmon, brushed with our Spicy IPA Glaze, Red skin mashed potatoes & steamed broccoli.

Belgian Waffle S'mores: Light & crispy, fresh baked, Belgian beer-infused waffles with toasted marshmallow, drizzled with a Kahlúa fudge sauce, & topped with graham cracker crumbles & powdered sugar.

My must-order picks:

  • German Pretzel: This is definitely shareable, and you cannot go wrong with ordering a side of WOB's house-made beer cheese to go along with it. The texture is that of a perfect soft-baked pretzel - just a touch of crispiness on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
  • Steak Frites: The steak is seasoned just right - I requested mine medium-rare and it came out perfectly. Fries were as good as steak-cut fries can get (I'm more of a thin-cut fries girl).
  • Belgian Waffle S'more: DO NOT leave WOB without ordering this dessert - you will not regret it one bit. The Kahlua fudge was oh-so-fudgy and the portion was just right for us to share.

World of Beer - Tampa International is located at 5311 Avion Park Drive in Tampa. It is open Sunday through Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can view the menu here. For additional updates from the World of Beer - Tampa International location, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Disclosure: The meal featured in this post was provided by World of Beer for editorial consideration. This post was written on my own accord, and opinions expressed here are my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of World of Beer.